Smithsonian, Google Remember Rosa Parks : The Two-Way Fifty-five years ago today she and others began the Montgomery bus boycott that helped change the nation.
NPR logo Smithsonian, Google Remember Rosa Parks

Smithsonian, Google Remember Rosa Parks

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott and the rise of Rosa Parks into a place of national honor for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.

Michael R Barnes/Smithsonian Institution
Google.com

At the Smithsonian Institution's website, the historians are using one of their new features — a weekly Smithsonian Snapshot that offers a peek into the museum's collections "one object at a time" — to showcase the dress that Parks, a seamstress, had been working on that historic day.

Google is marking the day with a special image on its main page.

For some discussion of the boycott's impact on the nation and the Civil Rights movement, this News & Notes segment from Dec. 1, 2005, is a place to start.